Coronavirus: Social distancing and self-isolation
Frequently asked questions about going out, supporting vulnerable people and going to work.
You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.
Even in such cases, in order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times.
The government introduced three new measures on 23 March:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and Protecting older people and vulnerable people. Includes translated information.
This guidance is for people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities. Includes easy read version.
The guidance has been updated to clarify some key issues, and to ask ‘clinically extremely vulnerable people- to register for support now even if they do no need it right now. This is in order to log how many people are shielding. The guidance includes advice for:
- Visits from essential carers
- What to do if your carer is unwell
- Unpaid carers caring for people who are shielding
- People living in long-term care facilities, for the elderly or people with special needs
Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
You'll need to stay at home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does.
Staying at home means you should:
- not go to work, school or public areas
- not use public transport or taxis
- not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
- not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
You can use your garden, if you have one. You can also leave the house to exercise – but stay at least 2 metres away from other people.
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